Weekend VinopolPick – Saturday May 30th

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Flash Sales; New Weekend-New Arrivals; Admirably Aged Portuguese Reds; Arriving Soon – Vietti 2011, Produttori del Barbaresco & Bordeaux; The Deal with Deiss; Flickering Sales

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Flash Sales

Chateau L’Evangile, Pomerol 2009 750ML ($599.95) Was $499, Now $379, 7 bottles available
Robert Parker 100 points “An astonishing effort from the Rothschild family, the 2009 l’Evangile may be the reference point offering from this estate for decades to come. A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc aged in 100% new oak, with 15% natural alcohol, it exhibits a sumptuous bouquet of caramels, black raspberry liqueur, blackberries, violets, graphite and truffles. Thick, viscous flavors are reminiscent of such super-ripe vintages as 1982, 1959, 1949 and 1947. The striking aromatics, massive, full-bodied mouthfeel and multilayered palate that resembles a skyscraper in the mouth offer an abject lesson in great winemaking, extraordinary terroir, and the ability to combine power with precision, elegance and freshness. This is unquestionably a huge wine, but it also possesses mindboggling complexity and finesse. Because of its sheer extract and velvety personality, it will be drinkable in 4-5 years, and will keep for four decades or more where well-stored. The most profound L’Evangile ever made?” RP

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The average price is $460

Arriving June 5th
Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs, California NV 750ML ($24.95) $16 pre-arrival special
Case-12 Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs, California NV 750ML ($249.95) $156 pre-arrival special
“Floral raspberry aromas lead to crisp and appealing citrus, spice and cherry flavors, with a lively finish. Drink now.” Wine Spectator

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New Weekend New Arrivals

Domaine Louis Michel & Fils Vaillons, Chablis Premier Cru 2013 750ML ($39.95) $28 special
Antonio Galloni 91-93 points “The 2013 Chablis Vaillons is bright, punchy and expressive. White flowers, green pear and lemon oil jump from the glass as this expressive, wonderfully nuanced wine shows off its class and personality. The hugely appealing finish is all about direction, energy and focus.” AG

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Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Pianrosso, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2010 750ML ($79.95) $66 special
Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Pianrosso, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG2010 1.5L ($199.95) $149 special
James Suckling 98 points “Aromas of lilac, dark berry and sandalwood follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and an intense and savory finish. Very intense and very long. Succulent. Amazing balance and depth to this red. It’s so beautiful to taste now but it will be much better in five to ten years. A triumph.” JS

Familie Saahs Nikolaihof Hefeabzug Gruner Veltliner, Wachau 2013 750ML ($29.95) $21.90 special
Wine Spectator 92 points “Presents light, smoky notes on the nose, with powerful yellow plum, white currant and raspberry flavors. Hints of mocha lead to a finish full of ripe melon and candied citrus elements. Complex. Drink now through 2020”
Wine Advocate 90 points “The 2013 Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug shows a clear and citrus-fresh bouquet with subtle pip fruit aromas on the nose, including hints of ginger. With 12% alcohol, this is a light to medium-bodied but stunningly complex, intense and tension-filled wine with a pure and lingering mineral character and a lovely piquant acidity. In its mineral character, the 2013 Hefeabzug reminds me more of a Muscadet than a so called classic Veltliner from Austria and this – for sure – is meant as a positive comment.”
Terry Theise notes: “CORE-LIST WINE. It means sur lie. It’s exotic this year, but has the spicy flowery euphoria of ’13 and its usual semolinasweet lees; less starchy than usual but vastly more floral, as if a potion of wisteria were dissolved in it. Very long wintergreeny finish.”

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Celler Pasanau Ceps Nous, Priorat DOCa 2012 750ML ($27.95) $18 special
82% Garnacha and 18% Syrah

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Admirably Aged

Portugal’s Secret Cellar Opens Its Doors

Caves São João was founded in 1920 by the brothers José, Manuel and Albano Costa as a wine cellaring company dedicated to Douro region wines and liqueurs. After the government prohibited production of Port from outside O’Porto limits in the 1930s, the company shifted its focus toward Bairrada table wines and naturally sparkling wines, with the assistance of renowned French oenologist Gaston Mainousson. In the 1950s, they launched Frei João, one of the top brands of the Bairrada region, and Porta Dos Cavaleiro, of the Dão region. In the 1970s, they acquired the Quinta do Poco do Lobo estate where they grow their own grapes. According to Hugh Johnson, the company is a “small, traditional firm [known] for very good old-fashion wines. Reds can age for decades. It is a well known and highly reputed winery.”

After the Portugese colonies gained independence in the 1950s, the market for their wines shrunk. The previous generation mostly held the wines, so the collection grew and aged. Recently, older wines have become fashionable in Portugal, and the company has jumped at the chance to do business. Caves São João is recognized for its quality winemaking with a traditional bent and excellent ageability.

Caves São João Wines Arriving Early June

Poco do Lobo Arinto White, Bairrada DO 1995 ($39.95) $33 pre-arrival special
Winery note “100% Arinto. Vines planted in 1950 in clay and limestone soil at 164-328 feet elevation. Aged 24 months in cement tanks; bottled in 1997.”

São João Rose Brut, Bairrada DO 2013 750ML ($21.95) $18 pre-arrival special
Case-12 São João Rose Brut, Bairrada DO 2013 750ML ($239.95) $199 pre-arrival special (that’s only $16.58/bottle!)
Winery note “40% Baga, 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes planted in clay and limestone less than 20 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Aged 3 months on lees, bottles disgorged in March.”

Caves Sao Joao ‘Porta dos Cavaleiros’ Tinto, Dao 1980 750ML ($49.95) $39 pre-arrival special
Winery note “40% Alfrocheiro, 20% Jaen, 20% Tinta Roriz, 10% Baga, 10% Preto de Mortague. Aged 24 months in cement tanks. Bottle aged in cellar, released directly from winery.”

Caves Sao Joao ‘Porta dos Cavaleiros’ Tinto, Dao 1985 750ML ($49.95) $39 pre-arrival special
Winery note “40% Jaen, 20% Alfrocheiro, 20% Preto de Mortague, 10%Tinta Roriz, 10% Baga. Aged 24 months in cement tanks. Bottle aged in cellar, released directly from winery.”

Caves Sao Joao Frei Joao Tinto, Bairrada DO 1985 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Winery note “100% Baga. Aged 24 months in cement tanks.”

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Arriving Soon

Arriving Next Week
Vietti Lazzarito, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($149.95) $125 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 95 points “The 2011 Barolo Lazzarito is fabulous in this vintage. Rich, ample and structured, the 2011 is both opulent and savory in style. Iron, plums, dark red cherries, smoke, licorice and tobacco meld together in a remarkably harmonious young Serralunga Barolo. This is the first year the Vietti Lazzarito includes a second recently acquired parcel, which may be one of the factors that influences quality, but at the same time, the Lazzarito has been the most improved Barolo in the range. All the elements come together in the 2011, a wine that has it all. This is a great showing from the Lazzarito. Best of all, readers won’t have to wait forever to enjoy this beautiful, pedigreed Barolo.”AG

Vietti Brunate, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($149.95) $125 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 93+ points “A dark, exotic Barolo, the 2011 Brunate boasts tons of density and volume. Black cherry, plum, spice, licorice, new leather and menthol are some of the many nuances that flesh out in the glass. Ultimately, though, the 2011 is largely defined by the texture and amplitude of the year. Brunate is often slow out of the gate, so I will not be surprised if that is the case here as well. Ideally, readers should plan on giving the 2011 at least a few years in bottle to fully come together.”AG

Vietti Ravera, Barolo DOCG 2011 750ML ($149.95) $129 pre-arrival special
Antonio Galloni 96 points “The 2011 Barolo Ravera is once again the most vibrant and nuanced of the Vietti Barolos. Freshly cut flowers, crushed rocks, mint and bright red stone fruits are all shaped by a very classic sense of mineral-inflected drive that is such a Ravera signature. The 2011 is a more than worthy follow up to the epic 2010. It’s great to see this high-altitude district in Novello finally getting its due.”AG

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Arriving Mid-June

Chateau la Reverence, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 93-94 points

Chateau Mongravey, Margaux 2010 750ML ($49.95) $28 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 92 points, Wine Spectator 91 points “An aromatic red, with lilac and warm cherry confiture notes giving way to flavors of crushed plum, blackberry coulis and roasted alder wood. Features good grip through the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2020.” WS

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Arriving Late June

Produttori del Barbaresco ‘Barbaresco DOCG’ 2011 750ML ($37.95) $29 pre-arrival special
Wine Spectator 93 points “Marked by ripe cherry, strawberry, floral and tar flavors, this red is graceful and detailed, with the fruit intensity persisting on the finish. This is well-integrated, and just needs time for the tannins to soften. Excellent length. Best from 2018 through 2030.”

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Just a reminder about our current shipping specials during this season:

For the Mid-West, East, and South during the summer season we are offering UPS Three Day Select Service for the price of UPS Ground for shipments that would normally travel four or more business days to their destination.

We offer flat rate shipping on any size single order / single shipment
-to Oregon for $17,
-Washington & Idaho for $20,
-and California for $25

These rates do not apply to orders held in storage here for any reason. Multiple orders consolidated into one shipment do not qualify for flat rate shipping.

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The Deal with Deiss

In Alsace, single varietal wines are labeled by grape variety. But varietal blends have a historic presence, and some of the vignerons are rebirthing these as the truest reflection of the best vineyards.

Bergheim, a small village in the center of Alsace, is home to Domaine Marcel Deiss. The Domaine was established in 1947, but the family had a history of grape-growing and winemaking in the region since the mid-18th century. Today it is overseen by Jean-Michel Deiss and the wine-maker is Marie-Hélène Cristofaro. They own 67 acres of vineyards on the foothills of 9 communes near Bergheim and produce 10,000 cases of wine a year.

Deiss is considered a rebel wine maker for the region. He focuses on terrior over specific grape varieties. He practices a methodology known as complantation. Complantation is the ancient method of planting a great diversity of vines at great density. His vines are planted at over 4,000 per acre. They are stressed to the point where they yield half the volume of wine per plant than is average for the region.

The roots of these vines must compete for water and nutrients, which forces them to grow deeper. Deiss believes these deep roots overcome the variation among vintages to truly reflect the terroir. Phylloxera, wars and the modern practice of planting popular international varieties has narrowed down grape varieties and their various clones to a bare fraction of what was once present. To overcome this, Deiss has trumpeted field blends that he harvests and vinifies together. While one grape variety would only be one expression of the vineyard, the multiple varieties are able to come together to form a fuller picture of the terrior.

His vineyards have been biodynamic since 2003 and have been organic for decades. The wines are treated with the same respect for their integrity. The hand-harvested grapes are crushed gently and slowly. The wines are fermented slowly in closed wooden vats using only indigenous yeasts. The wines are aged on the lees for extended periods of time and are bottled without fining or filtration. Deiss is revolutionary in that he bucks the tradition of single varietal wine to make terroir-driven wines from a blend of grapes even in Grand Cru sites. Doing such was not allowed under AOC laws until 2005.

Domaine Deiss produces three distinct styles of wine. The “Les Vins de Fruits” are wines meant to emphasize the grape varietal. These are labelled by varietal and may list a vineyard. The “Les Vins de Temps” wines emphasize the vintage and include their VT and SGN selections. The “Les Vins de Terroir” wines only list the vineyard and are meant to reflect the terrior of the location.

Domaine Marcel Deiss Wines Arriving June 5th

Domaine Marcel Deiss Pinot Gris 2012 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
Ian D’Agata — Vinous 90 points “Straw-yellow with gold highlights. Bright tropical fruit aromas complicated by strawberry and honeyed almond paste. Juicy and focused, showing a lovely sugar/acid balance and outstanding length to the red berry and orchard fruit flavors. Finishes vibrant and clean.”

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Riesling 2012 750ML ($29.95) $24 pre-arrival special
Ian D’Agata — Vinous 89 points “Bright straw with a gold tinge. Peach, tea and spice on the forward nose. Rich, ripe and suave, with lovely tropical fruit flavors that persist nicely at the back, with a touch of alcoholic heat becoming apparent with aeration. The grapes for this wine are sourced from three main areas: Saint Hippolyte (on soils rich in granite and clay that yield wines with less acidity), Bergheim (slightly bigger, richer wines), and a few small plots between Riquewihr and Béblenheim. Mathieu Deiss told me that “when I first came to work at the estate, I thought why not join these grapes together rather than make single bottlings of each? It’s not as if we don’t have enough single-site wines, and besides, I didn’t think our clients were die-hard fans of the Saint Hippolyte or Bergheim wines themselves.”

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Gewurztraminer 2012 750ML ($31.95) $26 pre-arrival special
“Dark golden yellow. Ripe but fresh, focused aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, sweet spices and vanilla. Not the last word in complexity but plump and juicy, offering plenty of early appeal. Finishes suave and long, with welcome floral lift. Made from grapes grown near Bergheim on calcaire soils and in Saint Hippolyte on granite and clay.” — Ian D’Agata – Vinous

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Grasberg 2010 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate 93 points “Striking, high-toned aromas of maraschino, pistachio and mirabelle distillate in the Deiss 2010 Grasberg put me in mind of previous renditions from this site and field-blend that favors Riesling, Pinot Gris and Traminer variants. Tingling pineapple informs its firm yet lusciously juicy palate, leading to a long, supportively sweet finish featuring the invigorating interaction of chalk, white pepper, orange and lemon zests, and nut extracts with peach and pineapple. Look for this beauty to perform impressively through at least 2025.” WA

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Huebuhl Bergheim 2008 750ML ($59.95) $49 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate & Stephen Tanzer 92 points “(pinot gris and muscat) Full orange-gold. Pungent, high-toned aromas of orange, spices and medicinal herbs; conveys a strong botrytis character. A very sweet, energetic fruit bomb in the mouth, with brisk acidity giving grip to the rather exotic flavors of tangerine, apricot, yellow peach, botanical herbs and spices. Big and broad but not heavy. Finishes long, tactile and slightly phenolic, showing its pinot gris side today.” ST

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Altenberg de Bergheim, Alsace Grand Cru 2010 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate & Stephen Tanzer 95 points “Like its 2011 counterpart, the Deiss 2010 Altenberg de Bergheim is strikingly floral, but tends toward bitter-sweet and elusive perfume of iris and lily-of-the-valley. The influence of quinine and black tea as well as a welcome suggestion of fresh peach and citrus juiciness serve as more effective counterpoint and push-back to the wine’s prominent sweetness than is the case with the 2011. A gorgeous sense of openness and levity prevails here, with quince and nut pastes subtly complimenting the prominent impression of liquid floral perfume on a silken and expansive palate, leading to a prodigious finish at once caressing as well as stimulating in its dynamic interaction of flower, fruit, and mouthwatering mineral salts…” WA

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Schoenenbourg, Alsace Grand Cru 2010 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special
Wine Advocate & Stephen Tanzer 94 points “Fresh peach and citrus lusciously inform the Deiss 2010 Schoenenbourg, whose creamy texture and honeyed richness, are matched by vivacious juiciness. White pepper, chalk, quinine, and shimmering mineral matter offer invigoration and counterpoint in a sustained and dynamically complex finish. The sweetness here is supportive without remotely getting the upper hand, so that I can well imagine over the 20-25 years during which this beauty will deserve to be admired, its versatility at table will vary inversely with a diminishing sense of sweetness.” WA

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Burlenberg 2009 750ML ($49.95) $41.90 pre-arrival special
Stephen Tanzer 92+ points “Bright ruby-red. Red cherry, raspberry syrup and fresh herbs on the perfumed nose. Creamy and tactile in the mouth, with pure, rich flavors of ripe red berries and cherry supported by fine-grained tannins. Turns slightly tighter, even a bit austere, on the very long finish, which features lingering smoke and iron notes. (Deiss told me he finds a taste of blood in this wine.) All this very impressive, mostly pinot noir red wine needs is a little time.” ID

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Flickering Sales – still available here now

Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque – Fleur de Champagne Brut Rose 2004 750ML ($319.95) $159 special
Wine Enthusiast 94 points “With just the right amount of toasty age, this is gorgeous. Its strawberry note is woven into its rich texture, with a flavor of fresh croissant and a final burst of acidity. It could age, but why wait?” WE
Wine Spectator 93 points “Delicate acidity and subtle flavors of black cherry, plum, black licorice and spice are well-meshed with the fine texture and creamy minerality of this elegant rosé, which has a smoky finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases imported.”
Josh Raynolds – Vinous 93 points “(50% pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims, 45% chardonnay from Cramant and Avize, and 5% pinot meunier from Dizy; 9% of the red wine component was still red wine; 8 g/l of dosage; L339110774 11:20): Pale, vivid orange. Sexy flower- and spice-tinged red berry and citrus fruit aromas are complemented by hints of buttery brioche, anise and musky herbs. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering intense blood orange, strawberry and musky rhubarb flavors. A toasty, leesy quality come up on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and alluring sweetness.”

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Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV 750ML ($49.95) $29.50 special
Case-12 Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV 750ML ($549.95) $319 special (that’s only $26.58/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 90 points “Spring blossom and smoke notes mix in this lively Champagne, with a creamy bead carrying hints of lemon shortbread, peach and ground ginger. Drink now through 2017.” WS

Vignobles Brunier Domaine Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Blanc 2013 750ML ($79.95) $53.50 special
Case- 12 Vignobles Brunier Domaine Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape La Crau Blanc 2013 750ML ($699.95) $599 special (that’s only $49.92/bottle!)
Wine Spectator 92 points “Very pure, with fennel, white peach, yellow apple and melon rind notes that are racy and nicely detailed, followed by quinine and wet stone accents on the long, unadorned finish. Drink now through 2018.” WS

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Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, South Australia 2010 750ML ($29.95) $24 special
Wine Advocate 92 point “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz presents lovely, expressive blueberry, black raspberry and black cherries notes highlighted by violets, toast, cinnamon stick and touch of mulberries. Full-bodied and rich, the concentrated fruit is framed by medium levels of rounded tannins, crisp acid and a long, classically-styled finish. Approachable now, it will drink to 2020+” WA

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Betz Family Winery Clos de Betz, Columbia Valley 2012 750ml ($69.95) $59 special
Wine Advocate 93-95 points “Tasted as a barrel sample and Betz’s take on a right bank Bordeaux, the 2012 Clos de Betz is 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Petit Verdot. Inky-purple in color (has anyone seen a Betz wine not inky purple?), if offers impressive cassis, plum liqueur, spring flowers and underbrush-style aromas and flavors to go with a mouth-filling, layered and voluptuous style on the palate. I love the mid-palate here, and the tannin builds through the finish, so, while it should have plenty of up-front appeal, it should also evolve for 15+ years.” WA
Stephen Tanzer 93 points “(14.5% alcohol; 66% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% petit verdot): Dark red-ruby. Aromas of blackcurrant, cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, licorice and burnished oak, lifted by a violet topnote. Densely packed but light on its feet, with perfectly integrated acidity energizing the fine-grained flavors of black raspberry, black cherry, cocoa powder and violet. Boasts a rare combination of bullet-proof, youthfully impenetrable tight grain and outstanding floral, white-peppery lift. Superb noble tannins dust the front teeth on the very young, long, juicy finish. An outstanding 2012 blend built for a long and graceful evolution in bottle. This is the first vintage of this wine to include Merlot from DuBrul Vineyard; incidentally, Betz noted that Merlot on Red Mountain was extremely successful in 2012.”ST

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Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 2012 750ML ($79.95) $69 special
Wine Advocate 94-96 points “More Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated, the 2012 Pere de Famille incorporates 6% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Sporting the standard Bob Betz preferred inky-purple color, this knockout effort has masculine, earthy notes of black currants, smoke, graphite, crushed rock and dusty soil to go with a full-bodied, powerful and focused feel on the palate. Give it 4-5 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following decade or two.” WA
Stephen Tanzer 94 points “(14.5% alcohol; includes 2.5% each Merlot and petit verdot; aged in 70% new oak): Bright red-ruby. Ineffable wild aromas of blackberry, espresso, licorice, pepper, mint tea and cinnamon, complicated by a whiff of game. Boasts an utterly aristocratic texture and great lift but shows little obvious sweetness in the early going. Great incipient complexity to the suave, fine-grained flavors of red fruits, spices, flowers and minerals. More taut and backward on the end than the Clos de Betz but not at all hard, this seriously structured cabernet displays a slow-building, inexorable finish, with tannins buried in flavor.”ST

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Vietti Villero, Barolo Riserva DOCG 2006 750ML ($349.95) Was $299, Now $249
Wine Advocate 97 points, Antonio Galloni 96+ points “The last wine of the flight is the outstanding 2006 Barolo Riserva Villero. It literally bursts open to full force intensity and beauty. It’s a mind-blowing interpretation of the often austere and brooding Nebbiolo grape that shows abundant life and vigor. Dark leather, cured beef, pressed rose petal, candied fruit, prune, cola, dried herbs and crushed mineral emerge from the glass like an aromatic marching band. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.” WA

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The average price is $314